Mozambique

Coal versus Communities in Mozambique: Exposing poor practices by VALE and Rio Tinto

Mozambique has attracted two of the world’s largest mining companies – Brazil’s Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Vale) and the Anglo-Australian multinational Rio Tinto – to extract coal from the huge fields in Tete province. These two projects – if properly taxed – would provide Mozambique with additional revenues to fund its budget and help the country to escape the aid trap. And they could benefit the people of the area.

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Coal versus Communities in Mozambique: Exposing poor practices by VALE and Rio Tinto

Mozambique has attracted two of the world’s largest mining companies – Brazil’s Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Vale) and the Anglo-Australian multinational Rio Tinto – to extract coal from the huge fields in Tete province. These two projects – if properly taxed – would provide Mozambique with additional revenues to fund its budget and help the country to escape the aid trap. And they could benefit the people of the area.

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The case of Mozal and Sasol

Mozambique has abundant quantities of natural resources, most of which are yet to be explored: natural gas, coal, mineral sands, hydropower and probably oil as well (Bucuane and Mulder, 2007b). However, as in many other African countries which have an abundance of natural wealth, the local population has not benefited in any significant way from the resources which have been extracted to power industrialisation elsewhere. Ordinary people in Southern Africa want to see this commodity boom translating into improved conditions of their life.

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Research methodology

The research methodology pursued involved utilisation of both primary and secondary material.  Primary data was gather via questionnaires which were elaborated to gather information from different target groups of informants, namely from the companies themselves, the government institutions related to the companies’ work, and non-governmental organisations, trade unions and community-based organisations, and local communities.

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